Who is the Bourbon Street Shooter? Was New Orleans Shooting Terrorism?

Another day, another mass shooting. This time it was on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the second shooting of its type in a little over two years. So who was the shooter? Was it terrorism?

Who is the Bourbon Street Shooter?

Here's what we know at this point about the Bourbon Street shooter. There were two people arrested at the scene, one of whom appears to also be a victim.

The other one may not have been involved in the shooting, according to police, but was arrested on firearms charges at the scene. It is not clear if either of those two people were the shooter.

Here you can see the police discussing the situation:

Was the Bourbon Street Shooting Terrorism?

Bourbon Street has had its share of such shootings -- but are they terrorism?



To help answer that, we can look at past incidents in the area. In June of 2014, according to the Times Picayune, a similar attack occurred at the same spot.

In that attack, two gunmen were shooting at each other, and almost a dozen people were injured -- mostly in the crossfire.

The shooter in that case was a man named Trung Le. Le had claimed that he was being attacked and that he was just defending himself and his friends.

The other shooter in that case is still at large. Le's lawyer said the other shooter was a "terrorist," and that Le was an unfortunate victim of circumstance. Le, meanwhile, had left this note (again, from the Times Picayune):

Lord, forgive me for I am a sinner. I have disobeyed the laws of the Holy Bible. For that reason, I should burn in hell for eternity, if not longer. But I'm here asking for your mercy and forgiveness to give my soul peace for the afterlife and to give those who I have hurt freedom as well. God is good. He is great. Forever and ever. Amen.

In that case it didn't appear that the shooting was either foreign or domestic terrorism. It was more likely that the shooting was the result of a dispute between two people or groups.

At this point, today's shooting appears to be the same. There is no evidence currently of any terrorism or terrorist activity.

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